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6:00 PM ET, June 15, 2010

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Star:
Exclusive: Al Gore Cheats with Larry David's Ex  —  Al Gore's split from wife Tipper after 40 years of marriage was a shock to everyone who thought theirs was the ideal marriage.  Now Star can exclusively reveal that the former Vice President was having an affair with Larry David's ex-wife — for the past two years!
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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Al Gore had affair with Larry David's ex-wife, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ producer Laurie David: report  —  Al Gore's surprising split from wife Tipper was prompted by an affair he was having with Larry David's environmental activist wife, Star magazine claims.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Don Surber
Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
Sharron Angle floated possibility of armed insurrection  —  Here's another one that could be tough for Sharron Angle to explain away: In an interview in January, Angle appeared to float the possibility of armed insurrection if “this Congress keeps going the way it is.”  —  I'm not kidding.
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Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
Sharron Angle Left Far-Right Third Party For Electoral Expedience, Members Say  —  The key to understanding Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle may be the fact that she has not always been a Republican.  —  For at least six years in the 1990s before she held state-level elective office …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Apres Moi, Le Semi-Automatic?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Angle raised possibility of armed rebellion
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Petraeus briefly collapses at Senate hearing on Afghanistan  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the head of Central Command, briefly collapsed at a Senate Armed Services hearing on progress in Afghanistan.  —  Petraeus was about to answer a question when he went silent and passed out in front of the microphone.
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Fox News:
Petraeus Slumps Over Desk During Senate Hearing  —  Gen. David Petraeus can be seen slumping over a table during testimony before a Senate panel on June 15 in Washington.  (FNC)  —  Gen. David Petraeus explained that he must have gotten “dehydrated” after he appeared to pass out in the middle …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus Appears to Faint During Senate Testimony  —  WASHINGTON — The commander of American forces in the Middle East.  Gen. David H. Petraeus, appeared to faint briefly during an intense period of questioning Tuesday by senators concerning whether the military can fulfill President Obama's orders …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Shows Tough Road Ahead For Democrats  —  A new public opinion survey for NPR shows just how difficult it will be for Democrats to avoid big losses in the House this November.  —  Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger conducted the first public battleground poll of this election cycle.
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CREW:
CREW ASKS SOUTH CAROLINA AG TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER ALVIN GREENE WAS INDUCED TO RUN AND FILES COMPLAINT WITH FEC  —  15 Jun 2010 // Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), took two significant actions against the questionable Democratic candidate for South Carolina Senate, Alvin Greene.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: South Carolina Senate
Fox News:
Clyburn Claims ‘Hacking’ Behind Greene's Surprise Win in S.C. Senate Race
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Efforts to Repel Gulf Oil Spill Are Described as Chaotic  —  GRAND ISLE, La. — Deano Bonano, the emergency preparedness director for Jefferson Parish, marched from a motor home being used as a command center to an office across the street filled with BP officials.  —  It was late May.
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: Our response unprecedented
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Associated Press:
BP: Oil containment efforts resume after ship fire
Discussion: Gothamist, Mediaite and Gawker
Rasmussen Reports:
66% of Voters Are Angry At The Media  —  Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% say they are not angry at the media …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rep. Bob Etheridge should be arrested for assault  —  Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) was walking on a public sidewalk last week when he was politely asked a question by someone holding a camera, and this is what happened:  —  That's a clear case of assault and battery (the unedited video from the first camera is here).
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Reliable Source:
Rep. Bob Etheridge gets vicious in viral video — but who filmed it and why?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Washington Post Watches Bob Etheridge and Yawns
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama May Go ‘Middle Big’ in BP Address  —  I'm pulling this out of last night's Night Beat with a bit of augmentation.  —  Aside from regulation, a strong confrontational tone against BP, and an acknowledgment of reality, the White House is remaining mum on whether the President will use …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem says votes lacking to include climate change in energy bill
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Marc Ambinder / msnbc.com:
Will Obama ‘go big’ in primetime speech?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David K. L I / New York Post:
Bank babe busts out big guns  —  Too-hot-to-bank stunner Debrahlee Lorenzana is pulling out the heavy artillery, hiring media-savvy feminist lawyer Gloria Allred and a high-powered New York attorney after The Post ripped into the beauty yesterday.  —  Allred — whose other high-profile clients include …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP to force vote on health reform repeal  —  House Republicans will try to force a vote on repealing the individual mandate in the Democrats' health care overhaul, using a procedural maneuver to score political points on one of the most controversial provisions in the health care law.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   House GOP to force vote to nix individual mandate from health reform
CNN:
Haley's path to Christianity leaves some evangelicals uneasy  —  In the wake of Nikki Haley's swift rise, her religious journey has become an increasingly common topic of discussion in churches, at community gatherings and online.  —  (CNN) - Whispers about Nikki Haley's Sikh heritage burst …
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck's paranoid thriller, “The Overton Window”  —  THE OVERTON WINDOW by Glenn Beck Threshold.  321 pp.  $26 The success of Glenn Beck's novel, “The Overton Window,” will be measured not by its literary value (none), or its contribution to the thriller genre (small), or the money it rakes in …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
More college-educated jump tracks to become skilled manual laborers  —  Armed with a bachelor's degree in theology from Notre Dame, Adam Osielski was pondering a route well traveled: law school.  —  He watched his friends work long hours as paralegals while studying law and weighed the all-encompassing commitment.
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Steve King Suggests Illegal Immigrants Can Be Spotted By Their Shoes Or A “Sixth Sense”  —  2 hours and 59 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  Last night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) took to the House floor to defend Arizona's new anti-immigration law against concerns that it will lead to racial profiling.
Stéphane Hessel / The Huffington Post:
Gaza Flotilla: Global Citizens Must Respond Where Governments Have Failed  —  Israel's illegal and immoral attack on the Freedom Flotilla humanitarian aid convoy, which left at least nine dead and dozens injured, has rightfully stunned the world.  The all-civilian convoy of 6 ships carried …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
San Francisco Chronicle:
M&R: BART spending $800K to define three words  —  Believe it or not, BART is spending $800,000 to come up with a definition of just what constitutes a “major service change.”  —  Most of us would simply reach for a dictionary, but BART has to make the feds happy, and that means a three-month process that includes:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
NY Daily News:
Gary Brooks Faulkner is ‘dying’ and likely wanted to kill Osama bin Laden ‘for his country’: sister  —  The Rocky Mountain Rambo who was caught in Pakistan hunting for Osama Bin Laden has one thing in common with his prey - bad kidneys.  —  Gary Brooks Faulkner “is dying,” his sister, Deanna Faulkner said Tuesday.
Nick Collins / Telegraph:
Winston Churchill's cigar airbrushed from picture  —  A photograph of Winston Churchill giving his victory salute has been airbrushed to remove his signature cigar.  —  In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a “V” shaped symbol with his fingers - while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Weigel / Right Now:
Grover Norquist joins GOProud  —  Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently — and unfortunately — drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Page and Ben Smith's Blog
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Paypal Called, Paypal Caved  —  Paypal backed down.  Excelsior!  —  As many of you know, on Friday of last week, my paypal account was “restricted.”  After a recent review of my account they said, “it has been determined” that I was “currently in violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy.
 
 
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Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
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